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According to Spencer (2001)

A young man moves to Los Angeles to make something of himself -- but finds that such a task might take a little more work than he thought -- in this hilarious romantic comedy.


Shane Edelman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Bradford ... Spencer
Mia Kirshner ... Melora
David Krumholtz ... Ezra
Adam Goldberg ... Feldy
Brad Rowe ... Craig
Marissa Ribisi ... Wendy
Precious Chong ... Lisa
Florence Stanley ... Grandma
Giovanni Ribisi ... Louis
Shane Edelman ... Jason
Meredith Morton Meredith Morton ... Rona
Sean Flynn ... Young Spencer (as Sean Flynn Amir)
Rosario Gru Rosario Gru ... Young Melora
Frank Kopyc ... Apartment Manager
Robert Kurcz Robert Kurcz ... Elder Landlord


A young man moves to Los Angeles to make something of himself -- but finds that such a task might take a little more work than he thought -- in this hilarious romantic comedy.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


According to Spencer, She's the one... Everyone else thinks so too!


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »



USA | Germany



Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Admiring Melora See more »

Filming Locations:

Carson, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shirley Temple is pictured in the yearbook that Melora takes from Spencer's lap while he's sleeping on her couch. See more »


In the scene where they are making the film Spencer is supposed to wearing a firefighter costume. He is actually wearing fishermen waiters and not firefighter turnout pants. See more »


Feldy: Hey! Be cool bitch.
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References Three Colors: Blue (1993) See more »


Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Written and Performed by Elvin Bishop
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Lame, lame
1 July 2004 | by Bob VeriniSee all my reviews

The stale premise - an innocent youth comes to the big city and against all odds wins the career and girl of his dreams - is not made fresher by such devices as a deceased grandma who keeps showing up to offer sage advice. (The only point of marginal interest is the script's limp switcheroo on "The Apartment": Here, it's the junior executive (Kirshner) who's involved with the boss, while the torch-carrying schnook is working class.) In "King of the Hill" Jesse Bradford had enough charisma to carry a film, a quality that appears to have receded as puberty set in. Or maybe he just gets poor career advice. Certainly he is ill served by drek like "SwimFan," "Speedway Junky," and this one. . .

In a subplot tied with the thinnest of threads to the main story, Spencer's roommates (David Krumholtz and Adam Goldberg) are holed up in a mansion they evidently and unaccountably own, attempting to make an amateur porn film. Watching their mirthless antics I was reminded of the efforts of supporting players Abbott and Costello to shine as a team in "One Night in the Tropics," except neither Krumholtz nor Goldberg would qualify as "the funny one." Even the title is off - Spencer is a clueless naif who never expresses any view of life that would qualify as "according to." The picture seems intended as a lighthearted romp among friends, but the results are just heavy, predictable, and dull.

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